Disney and #RWA17 and Animals, Oh My! Tara in Orlando.

Hi —

RWA17 is over. I stayed  an extra day in Orlando for a visit to Animal Kingdom, but after a short park stop, I got rained out and spent most of the day writing. The week has been  educational, exhilarating and exhausting. Add fun to that list. I got here Tuesday evening and on Wednesday there were only a few workshops, so i thought I’d walk over to Epcot Center and play a little then return to the hotel. I was meeting friends in the afternoon, so i thought i’d return later. Instead, i had such a great time, i never left. I went on all the Epcot attractions, and wandered around with my tea in hand. Yes, it was 97 degrees, thank you, but i still had a ton of fun. I had a Chinese lunch, walked through the World Showcase, went on Soarin’ andSpaceship Earth, saw the dinosaurs fro the last time (they’re going away), then met Kc and Chudney and we splurged on a delicious dinner in the French restaurant. It was fabulous. I got back after walking 19,000 steps at 8:30 at night.

The next day, i got down to work, and Thursday and Friday literally went to a workshop every 90 minutes. Fantastic topics on why series sell, how to use tropes to create high concept. the French market for romance, creating deeply dimensional characters and much more. I was also representing my OCCRWA chapter as President, so i attended the RWA annual meeting and the Leadership breakfast. Then we had the big Literacy signing which was very successful. I saw lots of friends. I even managed to squeak in a few thousand words on my WIP and finish edits on two books.

Today, Sunday, was my last day in Florida, and, as predicted, it rained a lot (although not as much as i expected). I got to take the Kilimanjaro Safari ride and walk through the Gorilla Trek before the rain really started. Then i had to come back to check in on my transportation for tomorrow, so i stayed in the hotel and got productive.

It’s been a fun and worthwhile trip, although i could definitely sleep a couple straight days! Tomorrow is my flight home then back to work on all fronts!

I want to tell you that my next new release is coming in three weeks — Fool of Main Beach. This is one of my fave books ever. Check it out HERE. Talk soon. : )

Help Literacy Worldwide! #OCCRWA #Pleasehelp

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Will you help teach people to read?  A member of my RWA chapter who used to teach English as a second language said this. “If one thinks about this only superficially, supporting literacy could be thought of as merely creating new customers for your books, but it’s much more than that. One of our longtime tutors said ‘When you teach somebody to read, you’re not just teaching them to read: you’re fighting poverty, ignorance, and disease’, and I cannot recount this without getting choked up with the memories of the people whose lives have been lifted by literacy.Please be as generous as your circumstances allow.”

Our RWA chapter, OCCRWA, has a team going to raise money for the National Book Fund! Would you contribute? Even if it’s just a few dollars, it could help immensely. Here’s the Link —

https://proliteracy.rallybound.org/nbf/BigTeamOCCRWA

Your help is so appreciated by me, my chapter, by romance writers worldwide and by all the people who will benefit from your assistance. Thank you in advance! Let’s teach the world to read. : )

 

 

Super Pal Guest Week is Coming!

Hi — I wanted to let you all know that this is Super Pal Guest Week! I have three guests who are some of my closest author friends — and some of the best writers anywhere. I asked them to come share anything they want with you. Each will be on the blog for two days so everyone gets to see their specialness!

First up on Monday and Tuesday, March 3&4, is K.c. Burn. K.c. is a good friend and part of our breakfast KCB_TrompeLOeil_coverin-200x300bunch who meet before our RWA meetings each month to share ideas, swap stories and generally hang out. K.c. writes both contemporary and scifi MM romance! K.c. is asking Do You Like to Watch and has a great giveaway for you.

The on Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 & 6, Lynn Lorenz will be here. Lynn as you may know is one of the three authors who inspired me to write erotic romance in the first place, and today stays both a mentor and a friend. Lynn recently retired from her day job to write full time and that is a gift to the reading world! Don’t miss Lynn.

On Friday and Saturday, come say hi to Belinda McBride. We’re celebrating Belinda’s BIRTHDAY! Bel is an award-winning author of highly original paranormal and scifi romance. She’s also one of the people whom i most love hanging out with at conferences.

These three actually kickoff a whole list of great guests. So be sure to visit often — and especially this week. See you here.

OCCRWA Birthday Bash

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I hope you’re having a fun weekend! I had a blast yesterday at the Birthday Bash of my RWA chapter in Orange County California. We’re a big, thriving chapter with around 200 members i think and yesterday, people were falling out the door at the Embassy Suites where the event was held. NYT bestselling author, Victoria Dahl was our morning speaker and she spoke quite passionately about unsympathetic heroines who are very much like us and how the world needs to read about these women.

After a fun lunch, Heather Bennett of Decadent Press, a great friend of OCCRWA, spoke in the afternoon on how to create a romantic success and advised us to market, market, market.

Mardis Gras was the theme and lots of masks and feather, bustiers and finery were on tap. LouisaHere is our chapter President, Louisa Bacio, in her fantastic outfit made for her by DawnVacosa of Daydrmz Blog! We’re all lucky and honored to have such a progressive president who works so hard for the chapter while still managing to turn out fabulously hot books!

The generosity of the chapter members produced a huge table of baskets, all for raffle. People won laptops, tablets, spa trips and gift certificates plus piles of great books.

In the evening, we had the Pajama Party Workshops where members visited their choice of talks on all kinds of subjects from preparing your book for submission to writing the interracial romance. I did a chat on Putting the Mmmmmm in Marketing and had a big group of enthusiastic participants joining in. Was it me or the champagne and strawberries?

I would never have dreamed a few years ago how valuable and delightful being a member of my RWA chapter could be. I look forward to the meetings once a month and, like many of our members, travel a fair distance to be there. I’ve made great friends in the chapter and hope to celebrate many birthdays to come.  : )